2015 Coastal Plain League Umpires
"This is the first of its kind agreement and we are pleased to be working with the CPL in this capacity," stated then-PBUC Executive Director Justin Klemm in 2008. "Future PBUC umpires will benefit greatly from gaining valuable experience in a Minor League-like setting, while performing umpiring duties for collegiate all-stars also looking to showcase their skills. Our evaluators will be out in force to ensure these individuals are receiving proper training as they continue on the path of becoming professional umpires."
"PBUC is excited to have the opportunity to continue our successful relationship with the Coastal Plain League,” Klemm went on to say in 2010. “For the past three years we have experienced many benefits from our agreement. We have hired a higher quality umpire who is better prepared for the rigors of a professional baseball umpiring career. We look forward to working with the CPL staff to further the development of those umpires who take advantage of the experience that the Coastal Plain League and PBUC offer."
Klemm was promoted as Director of Instant Replay for Major League Baseball in February of 2014. Dusty Dellinger, who had been a full-time Field Evaluator/Instructor for PBUC, was named the new Director of PBUC in December of 2014 after serving as interim Director after Klemm departed. In March of 2015, Minor League Baseball announced the new name for its umpiring entity, switching from PBUC to MiLB Umpire Development.
“Our relationship with the Coastal Plain League has been extremely valuable to our organization in the sense that we can have our next available professional umpires working in an environment in the CPL that is very comparable to what they will face in pro ball,” said Dellinger. "The experience the CPL provides our umpires can’t be matched and we hope that our relationship continues for years to come."
Since 2008, 144 PBUC reserve umpires have gotten their start in the Coastal Plain League, with an impressive 102 of them moving on since to work games in Minor League Baseball.
"We have enjoyed working with Dusty and his staff at Minor League Baseball Umpire Development, as well as the numerous reserve umpires that have come through the Coastal Plain League during our partnership," said CPL Commissioner Justin Sellers. "We feel that our quality of play and overall atmosphere has gone a long way in helping the development of future Minor and Major League Baseball umpires. The number of alumni that have gone on from the CPL into umpiring in Minor League Baseball is strong proof that our relationship has been beneficial to both parties."
MiLB Umpire Development is responsible for the training, evaluation and recommendation for promotion, retention or release of all umpires in the Minor League Baseball system throughout the United States and Canada.
Below are the 2015 Coastal Plain League Umpires: